The LSU baseball team broke the school record for victories in a 56-game regular season when it improved to 46-7 with an 11-2 rout of the University of New Orleans on Tuesday night in Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers, who conclude the regular season with a three-game Southeastern Conference series against Ole Miss beginning Thursday at The Box, surpassed the record win total of the 1997 team, which finished 45-11. The Privateers, 7-41, begin a three-game series at Campbell on Thursday.
LSU scored five runs in the first and coasted from there as every position player got into the game.
Freshman right-hander Hunter Newman (2-0) threw five shutout innings in his second start of the season. It was his longest outing and he allowed one hit and one walk and struck out three.
Will LaMarche pitched a scoreless sixth, Brent Bonvillain gave up two runs run in two-thirds of an inning in the seventh, Hunter Devall gave up two hits before getting the final out in the seventh, Joey Bourgeois got the first out in the eighth, Nate Fury got the last two and Kevin Berry pitched a scoreless ninth.
After Newman had a 1-2-3 top of the first, LSU took command in the bottom half against UNO starter Alex Smith (3-9).
Sean McMullen led off with his first triple of the season and scored on Mark Laird’s groundout.
Alex Bregman and Mason Katz followed with consecutive singles and pulled a double steal before Raph Rhymes singled home Bregman.
Christian Ibarra drove home Katz with a grounder to third and Ibarra reached and Rhymes went to third when Seth Laigast threw wide trying for a force at second.
Consecutive RBI singles by JaCoby Jones and Ty Ross made it 5-0 before left-hander Stone Speer relieved Smith and got the final two outs.
Speer held the Tigers scoreless for the next three innings before getting roughed up in the fifth. With one out, Jones reached on an infield single and Ross singled him to third. Andrew Stevenson put down a squeeze bunt, Jones scored and Stevenson reached when catcher Cameron Keener couldn’t handle Speer’s throw home.
McMullen followed with a two-run double and Laird singled home McMullen to make it 9-0. LSU increased the lead to 10-0 in the sixth when Chris Chinea doubled, moved to third on a grounder and came home on a wild pitch.
After UNO scored two runs in the top of the seventh, Michael Barash hit his first homer as a Tiger in the bottom half to complete the scoring.
The Tigers won their 27th consecutive game against Louisiana schools and their 34th straight mid-week game.